Shine the Divine:

Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hakarat Hatov: Recognizing the Good #4

luminous as newborn skin swaddled in grace
 divine kiss dissolves velvet chocolate
 darkness consumed in
 cosmic embrace

The link for I Heart Macro Week 25 is
through Wednesday evening.

This month I am continuing the mindful, Jewish spiritual practice of hakarat hatov, recognizing the good as a way to cultivate gratitude. I really love today's photo witnessing light edged along a tree branch. When I look at this image I see a metaphor for faith; no matter how dark I feel in a particular moment, I am still embraced in light, the dark moment will pass, in truth I am safe. In Hebrew the word for skin (ohr) ayin vov resh and light (ohr) aleph vov resh are homophones. Darkness only exists in relation to light. Like skin protecting my viscera from harm, faith clings to my soul, I can feel worried or sad and held at the same time. Remembering this opens space for gratitude.

I look forward to receiving your written "patches" of thanks for this year's: 

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this page.)


  1. These photos of beauty sure make me pause and be thankful

  2. I am waiting for the dark moments to pass...this is beautiful!

  3. How beautiful. Reminds me of my "Aleph Prayer."
    "You are the freshness of a new beginning,
    the first breath of a flawless day."

    I will try to add to the quilt.

    1. It's just a fragment that "happened" when I was studying Aleph. It's part of a phrase that was in a book (don't have it here in the desert) that I made my own. The Hebrew Aleph Beit is such a source of nourishment to me.

  4. Thank you, Laura, for taking the time to invite me in for another read. There is so much in this. I subscribe to very few blogs because of time constraints...have tried yours before but it hasn't worked...not sure why. Will try again.

  5. An exquisite shot!


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